Dec 3, 2010


As many of you already know, I am a stitchy slut.

Oh wait.

Let me re-phrase that in a more lady-likely fashion.

I have rather, um, eclectic tastes when it comes to stitching and I enjoy a plethora of various needlework styles and formats. I appreciate the artform for what it is and am most definitely a process stitcher as opposed to a progress/goal stitcher.

Oh, hells bells. Who am I kidding? I'm just one big fat hot mess when it comes to anything remotely related to "this thing of ours" and I flit from thingie to thingie like the 300-pound hummingbird that I am. (If you're having trouble with the visual on that one, imagine John Belushi in the bee costume and you're just about there. Now change it to a hummingbird, add red sparkly tights and purple high heels, a little more facial hair, and....voila! The Spinster Stitcher in all her whack-a-do glory!)

So last night I sat and pondered and pondered my stitchy mood and I've come to the conclusion that my moodiness as a person (go ahead, Aunt Chrissy....speak right up about this little fact) is tame in comparison to my moodiness as a stitcher. And yes, I swing from mood to mood to mood on a daily (if not hourly) basis.

The present mood I'm in has me fixatated on canvas work. Specifically, needlepoint. And even more specifically....needlepoint on a painted canvas. Miss Jane over there in Chilly Hollow is presently writing a series of posts about how one goes about selecting threads and stitches and whatnot for painted canvases. She asked readers to submit a "problem" canvas, and then other readers can write in with suggestions. I'm riveted by this discussion and have learned so many new ideas that I've had to empty my little brain of all of my pin numbers and important dates so that there would be adequate room in there for new information.

So I pulled out my Maggie Santa Claus canvas last night and started playing around with it, and decided to start with the background. I'm not sure if you can see what I did, but suffice it to say that I'm pretty happy with the results thus far and it's given me the courage to plow ahead to see what else I might come up with as I progress further.

All of this stitching and thinking and learning got me to realize that I've finally passed the paralysis phase of my needlepoint addiction. As I've moaned about before, I have dozens of gorgeous painted canvases, and they hang in my studio mocking me with muttered dares and taunts to see how I might muff them up by trying to stitch them without a guide. I spend hours and hours and hours up there trying to "see" what will look cool or what will go where, and then I write a list and make a mental note that I can't do one darn thing until I call in the professionals (like Jane at Chilly Hollow, or Ms. Janet Perry, or Ms. Ruth Schmuff, et al) to help me with thread and stitch selection.

But last night was different. I sat down and pulled a threaded needle and just started stitching. No angst. No moaning or whining that I don't know what I'm doing or whether or not my stitching is "correct"...I just put the needle through the canvas and pulled the thread and then did it again and again until I found something that I thought was swell. I don't have one darn clue as to what the next thread or stitch will be, but I'm starting to realize that these decisions don't necessarily have to mean life and death all the time. Sometimes you just have to freakin' DO something before you can get over that hump of not knowing HOW to do it. Know what I mean?

Never fear, though...the day is young and as sure as I'm sitting here in my eighteen year old sweatpants, I'll be in a fizzy tit by the time the tea is brewed and Stewey has made his selection for the afternoon movie. That's what makes me who I am...calm and determined one minute and up the chimney with anxiety and frustration the next.

Aunt Chrissy and I are looking forward to a stitchy/movie marathon over at her house tomorrow. She just got herself a big brand new fancy TeeVee that I am fairly certain is going to blow us both back in our respective I am going to slap on the comfy clothes and head over there at first light. We're supposed to get some nasty snowy weather, so I just can't imagine a better place to park my fanny on a winter Saturday.

Happy Weekend to all! I hope that wherever you are is exactly where you want to be!


  1. Coni,

    I absolutely love what you have done with the background of the Maggie Santa. What fun! It looks terrific.

    I cannot wait to see the progress after a weekend in the Happy Chair merrily stitching along, watching holiday movies and indulging in the occasional high calorie treat!

    Thanks for inspiring me to like activities this weekend!

  2. Love the look of that Santa! If you dont mind would you be willing to list the designers when you post your new projects? I live in an area that is not abundant with needle point or cross stitch and in the HUGE wide web I get really lost. I love your taste in cross stitch and would like to explore more of those designers work. Happy weekend to you!

  3. I love the background !! You Did Great !!! I have been in a slump with my stitching this past week. Hopefully I will get over it soon! You and Chrissy have fun with that new TV!!!

  4. Eighteen years old....really? Girl, we need to go shopping!
    I can't tell you the last time I sat down long enough to watch a whole movie. I want to do that so badly.....should I bring the croissants?

    Your posts crack me up! I've got to read this one to the Masterchief. We love Stewey!!!

  5. Dearest Slut, uh Spinster. The background looks fabulous! Wanna borrow my hot fix crystal tool later on?

    Actually, I think you cracked the problem of stitching painted canvases. You just have to jump into the adventure and swim with the tide. Which you are doing beautifully, by the way. Spinster Stitcher and Armchair Adventurer, that's you!

    Jane, waving happily from CH

  6. As a fellow "every stitch must be perfect" angsty stitcher, I understand completely. And you HAVE found the only remedy! Just jump in and DO IT!!! Otherwise things never get done. Maggie Santa Claus is a really pretty canvas and I can't wait to see what you do with it. Love the background so far - great color, fabulous stitching. Do you bring your needle diagonally across the back? I can't even see it! (and I enlarged it to check it out!) I think your weekend in front of the big tee-vee is gonna bring great things! Just tell Aunt Chrissy to roll up the drapes :O)

  7. He is going to be a good looking Santa! I do not do needlpoint, or know how, but I do admire the work that goes into it...looking pretty.

  8. Best Santa I have seen in a long time.

  9. Very pretty Santa Coni! If I send my hubby over to your house, can you teach him to needlepoint? I love stitching but am a lousy teacher!

    Kisses to Stewey...

  10. I think the background is very cool - can't wait to see what you quickly decide, without too much fretting, to do with the balance.

    Hope you have a great weekend - I plan on putting on my at least 10 year old baggy pants some myself this weekend - got a couple Christmas gifts to work on.

  11. BTW, love the snowflake background with just a peek of the Christmas tree!

  12. I just bought a coupla things for the January that bad???

  13. Love the Santa! I'm looking forward to watching your progress on this one. BTW, love all your holiday decorating!

  14. Coni, you are doing a great job on the Santa! That is going to be one amazing piece of stitchiness.